‘La Tomatina’ started on the last Wednesday of August of 1945, when some young people spent time in the village square to witness the parade of ‘gegants’ and ‘cabuts’ and other acts of the festivity. The boys decided to build a gap inside the procession of a parade with musicians, ‘gegants’ and ‘cabuts’. The impetus of the young people made a participant fall who, angry, began to hit everything that found in its passage. On a whim of fate, there was a vegetable stall that was fed by the enraged crowd: people began throwing tomatoes at each other until law enforcement put an end to that vegetable battle.
The following year, the young people repeated the altercation voluntarily and took the tomatoes of their house. Although the police disbanded the recent tradition in successive years, the boys, without knowing anything, had made history. ‘La Tomatina’ was banned in the early 1950s, which did not dissuade its participants who even became arrested. But the people spoke and the festivity again allowed itself, joining more participants and becoming more and more frantic. The festivity was again canceled until 1957, when, in protest, the burial of the tomato was celebrated: a demonstration in which the neighbors carried a coffin with a large tomato inside. The parade was accompanied by a band that played funeral marches and their success was total.
Finally the ‘Tomatina’ was allowed and the festivity was officially established. The festivity began to be popular in the rest of Spain thanks to the report of Javier Basilio, emitted in the program of Spanish Television ‘informe semanal’ in 1983. Since then, year by year the number of participants grows and the enthusiasm for ‘La Tomatina’. The success has led to ‘La Tomatina’ of Buñol was declared in 2002 Feast of International Tourist Interest by the General Secretary of Tourism.
It will take place this year on Wednesday 30 August in Buñol.